WINDSOR have suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Hellenic Premier Division after a 3-2 loss against Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday.

A goal on debut from Matty Woods gave Windsor the lead on 11 minutes, before keeper Hugo Sobte saved an Ollie Pitts penalty midway through the first half.

Windsor captain Keiron Knight missed a penalty to double the lead 10 minutes after the break at Stag Meadow.

Sam Blackie equalised for Brimscombe & Thrupp on 57 minutes but the visitors were level for just a matter of seconds before Woods put Windsor back in front.

Blackie the completed his hat-trick with goals on 75 and 83 minutes to secure all three points for the away side.

Windsor manager Mick Woodham bemoaned to the Observer: “I don’t know where we are really. We created enough chances, more than we probably have in the last half-dozen games, so offensively we’ve done okay.

“We would like to have scored a few more goals and taken a few more of those chances, I understand that, but we’ve conceded another three goals from a winning position and lost the game.

“We’ve conceded three very soft goals and we need to improve.

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Windsor (red and white) midfielder makes a pass in the 3-2 defeat against Brimscombe & Thrupp at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

“Offensively we’re okay but defensively we look all at sea at the moment, and that’s another defeat from a winning position, exactly the same as last week, and we finished with 10-men.”

Woodham continued: “We should have been more comfortable at half-time than we were.

“Territorially and possession-wise we were comfortable but we let them back in the game with a penalty. Thankfully Hugo has done his bits and pieces there, but we really should have gone into half-time two or three goals ahead.

“We kept them in the game and then you’re having to play mistake-free football and get another goal to take it away from them.

“We had plenty of chances but again we’ve conceded very straightforward goals and lost the game, so our league form is not good at the moment.

“We’ve dropped more points and conceded three goals again, so there’s a horrible pattern forming which isn’t very pleasant.

“Goals change games and (the penalty miss) just adds to the frustration of the afternoon. Had that we gone in I’m sure we look after the result and manage the game better.

“The message at half-time was manage the next 45 minutes but it didn’t look like we did that at all, so we will have to reassess the stages of managing the game.

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: New Windsor striker Matty Woods scored twice on his debut.

"Football is football and you are going to create chances but you're not always going to take every one, and surely we have to defend better than that when they're routine, straight down the middle and direct balls to deal with.

"We have not been cut open, we've just conceded three very soft goals, and every time they put the ball down the middle we looked suspect."

Woodham continued: "We changed our centre backs but we can't keep on making changes. Some of them have got to stand up, improve and get back to where they were form-wise before Christmas.

"Defensively we're looking a little shaky at the moment, but I didn't see the mistakes coming at Flackwell Heath and on Saturday either.

"Days like Saturday just beggars belief really. We were more than comfortable to win the game and should have won it yet we have ended up with zero points, so perhaps you get what you deserve at times."

Commenting on the performance of new signing, Woods, he said: "He will be the first to admit he certainly could have walked away with three goals but he got himself in some good positions.

"The positives are offensively we're fine, we look sound and a threat, but we would have liked a few more of those chances to go into the back of the net.

"We could have done a bit more in front of goal but we created, but it's difficult because we can't keep on creating and leaving big holes at the back."

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Matt Stockill makes a pass but was later sent off for a second bookable offence.

"In any level of football you can't keep on making mistakes like that. Our target is the top six and I warned the boys before the game that, if we don't improve, that target is going to slip away from us and then we've got some work to do.

"Once again they've failed to head the warning. It was a wasted chance and wasted points, we've thrown them away - thrown the game away."

The defeat leaves Windsor in ninth position in the league table ahead of a trip to eight-placed Longlevens this Saturday (3pm).

Windsor saw their Floodlit Cup tie away at Woodley United postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Rivermead on Monday.

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